11th July 2018 – Venford – Led by Norma

Norma writes:-

After negotiating the maze of very green lanes, it was good to see a turnout of fifteen walkers at Venford reservoir car park.
Although the sky was a little overcast, it was still a beautiful warm day.
There was, surprisingly, some green grass on the moors.. Something we havent seen in Torbay for the last few weeks.
Nevertheless, it was quite a shock to see the reservoir only half full!  (See photos)
The path around the reservoir was very dry so walking was easy (apart from networks of roots) There was noticeably fewer birds than when we came last time but it was good to see several butterflies.
We passed a small herd of ponies standing in the shade..
After crossing the road, we wound our way eastwards up to Bench Tor (313 metres).
Bench Tor tops a spur of land that juts out into the Dart Gorge and, unlike last year, we had  spectacular views…and could hear the river Dart in the gorge far down below us.!
Here’s a Google Earth view
On our way back down to the dam and CP it was lovely to hear the skylarks.. We then drove down to Buckfast Abbey and enjoyed a good lunch and chat.
An excellent setting.
After goodbyes, some of us walked around the herb garden , the new Millennium garden and the amazing collection of lavenders.. which are, at present, probably at their best.
It is very interesting to repeat walks at different times of the year..
Norma
Norma’s photos below:-

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Wendy’s photos below

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Marks photos below

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